Digital Exclusion Survey – Blue Badges & Other Council Services

Age UK’s Campaigns Team are keen to hear from local Age UKs about the ways that digital methods for accessing local council services are impacting older people.

Age UK’s Campaigns Team are running a short survey to learn how digital-only and digital-first methods for accessing local council services are disproportionately impacting older people and how local Age UKs are supporting them. Find out full details, including how to access the survey, below.

Age UK’s Campaigns Team have been hearing that digital-only and digital-first methods for accessing local council services are disproportionately impacting older people. This is making it harder for older people who do not have access to the internet or are not confident online, to apply for Blue Badges and access other important services provided by their local council.

We’re keen to learn more about how widespread this issue is becoming, how local Age UKs are supporting older people experiencing digital exclusion, and how Age UK can respond nationally.

If you have time, we’d love to hear from your organisation via our short survey.

If you have any questions, please contact Luke Pilot.

Funding Bulletin #24 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | July 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the July funding bulletin! This edition includes details of the 2023 GSK IMPACT awards offering core funding and free training for charities, and a reminder of the ongoing grant funding opportunities for physical activity projects in local communities.

If you know of a colleague at your organisation who would like to receive this bulletin and other updates from Age UK in our e-newsletter Signpost, please share this sign up form with them. Thank you!

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Funding Bulletin #23 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | June 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the June funding bulletin! This edition includes a reminder of the new funding round for Age UK’s Warm Homes programme, together with ongoing grant funding opportunities for physical activity projects in local communities.

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Funding Bulletin #22– Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | May 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the May funding bulletin! This edition includes details of an exciting new transport-based project addressing loneliness, together with new and ongoing grant funding opportunities for local Age UKs. We hope you find it useful.   

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Information Commissioner’s Office Survey

The Information Commissioner’s Office would like to hear from members of the public about their experiences of working with the ICO. The link to share with your networks can be found here.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a listening exercise called Your Views Matter and would like to hear from members of the public about their experiences of working with the ICO. The survey is open until Wednesday 1st June and the link is here if you wish to share the survey with your networks, or complete it yourself.

The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. 

Earlier this year John Edwards, Information Commissioner, launched a major listening exercise called Your Views Matter through which the Commissioner has met with businesses, local authorities, and civil society groups to hear about their experiences of working with the ICO. They would also value contributions from members of the public via a survey.

If you would like to share it with your networks, the link to the survey can be found below – the survey is open until 1 June 2022.

Cost of living Survey – It Doesn’t Add Up Campaign

To support the new “It Doesn’t Add Up” campaign, Age UK’s Campaigns Team have created a survey to hear the experiences of older people who are worried about the rising cost of living.

“It Doesn’t Add Up” is Age UK’s follow up to the Cost of Cold campaign, continuing the call for immediate and sufficient support for older people as the cost of living rises to unprecedented levels. To support the campaign, we have created a survey to hear the experiences of older people who are worried about the rising cost of living. We would be really grateful if you could share the survey with your networks – you can find full details below along with some template social media wording.

We know many older people, particularly those on low and fixed incomes, are struggling to make ends meet. Soaring energy bills were just the beginning, with the cost of food and fuel, among other necessities, on the rise.

Age UK is campaigning for the Government to provide the necessary support older people need to avoid struggling. We’re looking to hear from older people worried about the rising cost of living and making sacrifices in order to pay their bills. With this insight, we can inform the Government how rising costs are affecting older people and what sort of support will help.

We would really appreciate it if you could share this survey with the older people you support to help us gain this important insight. Together we can make sure the older peoples’ voices are heard.

Thank you as always, for your support. If you have any questions about the survey or the It Doesn’t Add Up campaign, please contact Luke Pilot.

Template Social Media Wording

You can use the following template wording and infographic to share the survey on social media, on your website, or in your newsletter:

Twitter:

If you are worried about the rising cost of living, we want to hear from you. Complete our short survey to tell us how you are making ends meet and how #ItDoesntAddUp We’ll use your feedback to campaign for more Government support.

https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/104756/data/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

Facebook:

We want to hear from older people about how the rising cost of living is affecting you and the sacrifices you are having to make. If you or an older person you know is worried about the rising cost of living, please complete our short survey. We will use the insight you give us to show the Government how older people are being affected and what needs to be done to support you.

https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/104756/data/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

Infographic:

Fundraising Bulletin #21 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | April 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the April funding bulletin! This edition includes details of the final round of grant funding for Age UK’s Dementia MCST Programme, together with an update on grant funding available during 2022 to support physical activity projects in local communities. There is also an update on the Levelling Up funding to be distributed across the UK. We hope you find it useful.

If you know of anyone at your organisation who would like to receive this bulletin and other updates from Age UK in our e-newsletter Signpost, please share this sign up form with them. Thank you!

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Older People’s Health and Care Survey – Spring 2022

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are conducting the Spring 2022 edition of the “Older People’s Health and Care Survey” and would be grateful if you could share the survey across your networks.

Last Autumn, we undertook Wave 3 of our research about older people’s experiences of the pandemic. The response was incredible, with over 17,000 people completing the survey. We received over 75,000 free text responses and we read every one of them. Thank you for taking the time to promote the survey so we could hear older people’s experiences and views. Wave 4 of our “Older People’s Health and Care Survey” is now live and we would be really grateful if you could again complete and share the survey with your clients, colleagues and supporters. Full details can be found below, thank you all for your help.

Following Wave 3 of this research last Autumn, we have been able to use what respondents told us to apply pressure on the Government and NHS England to ensure the right support is in place for older people. We have shared the research findings with local partners across the Age UK Network, as well as NHS organisations, Government departments, other charities and voluntary sector organisations, and with hundreds of people working with and for older people. We’ve had terrific feedback from you and other organisations, telling us just how valuable it’s been to hear about older people’s experiences.

As the country begins to live with Covid, following the Government’s plans, it’s essential that older people are not left behind. That’s why we are launching Wave 4 of the research, so older people can tell us how they are coping now that restrictions have been lifted.

The survey, which can be found here, should take around 15 minutes (potentially more, depending on how much respondents want to tell us) and our colleagues will be using the results to continue to apply pressure on the Government and NHS to support older people to get back on their feet after two years of incredible challenges. 

You can also promote the survey online here.

Thank you for supporting our research! We look forward to sharing the findings with you later in the year.

Fundraising Bulletin #20 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | March 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the March funding bulletin. This edition includes an update on the Government’s Dormant Assets Scheme and the further benefit it may offer local communities, and details of Age UK’s new Digital Inclusion grants funding programme. 

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There’s still time to tell us what you think about the Network Quality Assurance Framework proposals!

A reminder that the Network Quality Assurance Framework Consultation closes on Friday 18th March. Find out full details here, including a link to a recent webinar with further details.

Thank you to everyone who has responded so far to the Network Quality Assurance Framework consultation. Your feedback has been very helpful. This is a reminder that the consultation will close this Friday 18 March. If you’d like to find out more about the proposals before making your response, you can view a recording of our final webinar session here. You can also find full details of the proposals below, including the link to submit your feedback.

To read a summary of the proposals, please click here, or click here to see the full consultation document.

The form for sending your feedback on the proposals can be found here.

All feedback will be reviewed to identify any changes / further work required before launching the updated Network Quality Assurance Framework.

Thank you for taking the time to consider these documents and feeding back. We look forward to hearing from you and will keep you fully informed of the outcome.